Delicious treats followed Karen Pattison of Bite Sized Speciality Foods into the Edible Valley studio. A hobby turned full-time job, Karen has been offering pickled beans, asparagus and carrots, as well as a line of pepper jellies since 2006. Her product is found at various locations on Vancouver Island and as far away as Kamloops. Karen surprised us with some pickled treats, and some amazing samples of pepper jelly served with brie and rice crackers! Thank you Karen, it was great getting to know you.
It has been a long time since we chatted with someone involved in the shellfish industry. This time we welcomed Greg Wood, a small scale oyster farmer, who makes his living growing oysters and self-marketing his product. Becoming a farmer back in his late teens, Greg has had a long history in the industry and is hoping to embrace the evolutions and become an innovator to create truly sustainable employment that builds food security for the region and beyond.
We sent out a mass email to many of the fine folks in the local food shed last week, and we were happy to receive many emails from chefs, farmers and producers. We thank you all and hope to get many of you into the studio soon to share your stories.
With our busy schedules, we were not able to organize a guest for this weeks recording. However we had a chance to chat about a few goings on. Blayne has now become the proud owner of a steer, as well as getting close to finishing up his Permaculture Design Course. Jon is happily feeding the masses on these warm summer nights at the Atlas, and preparing for Flavour in a month and a half!
We are hoping to get more feedback from listeners and perspective guests. If you know of someone who would be interesting for usnto talk to, please send us an email(email@example.com), comment on the show notes, or on our facebook page.
On this episode of Edible Valley Food Facts we are talking Cooking Methods. Darren and Jonathan are once again trying to get back to basics in an attempt to simplify cooking and help break peoples fears of cooking and food. We will be discussing the effect of heat on food and the different ways of cooking. We plan to explore how proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and water are effected by heat and what methods work best. From moist heat to dry heat methods we will be discussing our favourites ways and dishes that help us enjoy our edible valley. Learning how food cooks is and essential lesson to be learn in the kitchen and some simple knowledge can save you from hours of frustration and disaster. The simple techniques of simmering water to poaching and the benefits of steaming. We will get into a personal favourite, braising the process of slowly tenderizing a protein to bring about a tender juicy product. These are some examples of moist heat cooking methods, the process in conducting heat through a liquid, i.e. water, which we will dive in to more deeply in this episode. Dry heat Method on the other hand is the transfer of heat without moisture that is by using hot air, hot metal, radiation or hot fat. Great examples of these are baking, grilling, broiling, sautéing or deep frying. Hope you enjoy and learn while listening to this episode of Edible Valley Food Facts.
It was our great pleasure to welcome Dr. Vrain to the studio to talk to us about the issues surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms. A little back ground of Thierry from his bio on the Innisfree Farm website:
Thierry was born and raised in Paris, France. He did undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology in France and in the US. Upon arriving in Canada he taught Plant Physiology at Université du Québec in Montréal for two years. Then he had a long career as a research scientist for the federal government in Québec and BC, in Vancouver and in Summerland.
After thirty five years of research and teaching of soil biology and molecular biology – what he now calls “Chemical Agriculture”, he decided to retire young and reinvent life. A very few years later, newly remarried, co-owner of an incredibly beautiful property called Innisfree, he foresees a long future of service to the community. He has become a gardener, a teacher, and a passionate speaker about organic gardening – from soil health to GMO’s.
Thierry has numerous videos on the web, including an eye opening presentation at the Comox Valley Tedx talk. Simply Google his name and find numerous articles and videos about the problems with G.M.O.
Thierry is also looking to raise $100,000 to commence a 100 community tour speaking about the dangers of G.M.O. If you are interested in donating, please check out his gofundme site
Thanks Dr. Vrain for doing what you are to inform the public the truths behind this confusing subject.